J Crew lace panel dress (HO15,$168) runs regular 000 – 16 (E5531), petite P00 – P12 (E6176) and tall T2 – T16 (E6177). The color is black (BLA). Dry clean.
61% poly, 33% viscose, 6% elastane
lace: 38% nylon, 32% cotton, 30% viscose
beige trim: 100% poly
lining: 100% poly
1/18/16 – now $119.99
Size 8 – I usually wear a 6 in J. Crew’s sheath. There was no 6 to try. The 8 wasn’t too big, but I think it runs tts. The 8P is a 6 equivalent and that’s the size I would choose. The fabric felt fine, not too poly-ish. I’m surprised to note the 6% elastane because it didn’t feel stretchy. That could be because the size I was in was a little loose.
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* Campbell blazer in sparkle Donegal wool – This is available in regular, petite and tall sizes. The size 8P fit perfectly. I usually don’t like a one-button blazer on me, but the sparkles distract from self-conscious I have about my belly. The sparkles shine brightly, but are small and well placed so you don’t look like a disco ball. I can see this one lasting a number of holiday seasons. I reviewed the matching pants in this post.
* Excursion vest in Fair Isle – I haven’t read the online reviews. However, I’m willing to be some are unhappy with the fact that this is a digital print and not woven, wool-like fabric. Think herringbone excursion vest from a couple of years ago. I like the vibrancy of this print and it’s a keeper for me. I size down one in this to XS. It makes a tight fit in the stomach area if I zip it up all the way, but I usually don’t with the excursion vests. My regular size S gapes too much under the arm, and the extra fabric is visible above my chest. For those that don’t own any of the excursion vests, you might want to stay tts if you want to wear this thick sweaters with this.
* Striped t-shirt with bow-embellished back – I tried the red, but I didn’t like the background creme. It had the look of milk after Trix cereal has been floating in it. Not bad. Just not a creme color that worked with my skin tone. The (classic) navy was best for me. I chose size M, which is a little loose but I prefer that.
* Swiss-dot flutter-sleeve top in navy – This top is very prety on. I would expect to be a 6 in this, but there wasn’t one to try. I was able to fit into a 2, so I’d say if you’re in-between sizes you might want to take the lower of your two sizes. Considerations would be a larger chest and/or larger shoulders. If that’s you, you might want to stick with tts. I’d probably go with a 4, which is the smaller of my two sizes. 100% poly, y’all.
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